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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,990 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Edward Weyland is far from your average vampire: not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological — rather than supernatural. He lives discrete lifetimes bounded by decades of hibernation and steals blood from labs rather than committing murder. Weyland is a monster who must form an uneasy empathy with his prey in order to survive, and The ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published December 31st 1980 by Living Batch Press (first published 1980)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The corporeal vampire, if he existed, would be by definition the greatest of all predators, living as he would off the top of the food chain.”

Dr. Edward Weyland, professor of Anthropology, is conducting a sleep study as part of his teaching program. It is very popular with the students, especially those who need the extra cash. They even start wearing t-shirts…Sleep with Weyland. He’s a dream.

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Charnas’s creature Dr. Edward Weyland.

He is irresistible.

”Just look at him, so haggard and preoccupi
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Christopher Buehlman
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire Tapestry is unlike any book I have yet read or expect to read. I owe a debt of thanks to Book People in Austin, Texas, for displaying it prominently above a glowing staff review, thus mining this gem from its relative and wholly undeserved obscurity. Suzy McKee Charnas has gifted us with the most credible vampire in the entire canon, a creature that would be more at home in The Scientific American than Weird Tales. We see Dr. Edward Weyland through the eyes of various satellite chara ...more
Karl
This is copy 40 of 150 signed and numbered copies signed by Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Baker, Benjamin Mowak, Jeffrey Allan Love
Tanja
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
So this book is divided into 5 novellas, some with ludicrous names.
I'll review them one by one if I get through them all... There may be mild spoilers...

The ancient mind at work:

Well... The protagonist was really annoying. As other reviewers have noted she has a ridiculous world view. There's a serial rapist loose on campus, her thoughts are: Women with sense don't get raped.
She's South African and has this weird race thing going on, where she randomly trusts black people, but spends a lot of t
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Kate
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
vampires are publishing gold right now, what with the fallout from Twilight, Anita Blake and True Blood. When publishers have a 'vampire Romance' section on their website, you know the purchasing power a literary fad has got to be considerable indeed.

Some folks are ok with chewing through every vampire romance book under the sun in their lust to sake their vamp fixation. If you are one of those people looking for a demon lover/fang banging action, this is NOT the book for you.

The Vampire Tapest
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Kitty
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Got to the part where the main character starts to blame the victim for being raped on campus by saying "no real woman" would let that happen to her and got so disgusted I couldn't finish. This followed by her saying another character was all but a bleeding hippy for wanting to save the ozone layer and then she slips into some weird fantasy right after where she's remembering hunting endangered big cats in Africa during her youth. I think I'll take my vampire novels without Ilsa, She Wolf o ...more
Jennifer Lane
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
What an interesting vampire book. I'm not very familiar with the genre (Twilight is my only reference) and The Vampire Tapestry is quite different from the Twilight series. There are five novellas featuring Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland: a tall, suave, gray-haired, slightly stooped vampire. (This book was published in 1980 and due to the name "Edward Lewis" I kept picturing a taller version of Richard Gere from "Pretty Woman"!)

Dr. Weyland scoffs at those who believe vampires have fangs (his method f
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Latasha
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
i did not finish this book.
Nancy
I am not really sure what to think about this book. It really is a tapestry of short stories that make up the whole. Each chapter is an individual story of Dr. Weyland with a different set of characters and situations in one short period of his long life. Each chapter makes up the whole story with a beginning, middle and end but some of the stories just aren’t as interesting as the others. This is not your typical vampire horror book with lots of gore and no stereotypical tropes (well, maybe jus ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Historias independientes con el mismo protagonista, un vampiro profesor de universidad. Todos los relatos están relacionados y siguen una línea temporal. En cada uno pasara bueno y malos momentos el vampiro. Muy pesados todos ellos, falta de entretenimiento palomitero y exceso de interiorizar el sufrimiento de alguien diferente.
Anna
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Jilly
Shelves: fiction, vampires
I’d never heard of this vampire novel before I was given a copy for my birthday. The blurb describes a vampire academic which, frankly, is enough to interest me. ‘The Vampire Tapestry’ is certainly a original and distinctive take on the vampire genre. The narrative is episodic in structure and each extended chapter focuses on a human being who has a significant impact on Weyland, the vampire. There are five chapters and I found that their appeal was concentrated in the centre. The first and last ...more
Elke
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, novels, vampires, review
Another one of those books I purchased years ago and then forgot about... Reading everywhere what a great book this is, I finally picked it up for reading with high hopes. Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations, though I really wanted to like it.

The story consists of several episodes in the life of Edward Weyland, Vampire. Dr. Weyland is not your usual vampire, for once missing the expected vampire teeth and instead feeding through a needle-like tube protruding from his tongue. An
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Our hunt for new series to read is ongoing and often on our blogs, or the podcast we request new titles. We are especially looking for books that are progressive and have good representations of marginalized people. Because all of our blogs are social justice related we have a tendency to trust the recommendations. The following is the recommendation that we received for the Vampire Tapestry


“I also recommend The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas for vampire fiction fans. I read it years ago
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Kim Kaso
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book @ least 3 times, and imagine I will read it again a few more times before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Weyland is, I think, the quintessential vampire. He is other, he is alien, he is the ultimate predator. He is not romantic, emotion plays no part in his existence, he is by no means human, he views humans as sustenance, and he is singular. There is no sentimentality or sympathy in him, he is the ultimate predator and an encounter with him will most often end badly for tho ...more
Olethros
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Otra forma de acercarse al mito, muy diferente a lo más habitual.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica (o ciencia ficción, o novela con un punto de partida fantástico, según se vea).

Lo que nos cuenta. Edward Weyland es un maduro y brillante antropólogo de la Universidad de Cayslin, pero también es un vampiro, un depredador que se alimenta de sangre pero cuyas capacidades no se corresponden a las del ser mítico. Aunque ha construido una fachada de normalidad para esconderse en la sociedad y entre sus pr
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Christina
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Despite the "Scary" endorsement from Stephen King on the front cover, this wasn't, really. And despite the title and the presence of a human-shaped blood-drinker, it really wasn't about vampires. More a stately exploration of questions like, What does it mean to be human? What is Art and why/how does it affect the observer, human or otherwise? What does it mean to be a predator? To have/want/use power?

Oddly, this make me think about The Sparrow, which is really nothing like this except possib
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Voss
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, fantasy, horror
Un vampiro diverso, storia interessante. Avrebbe dovuto essere bellissimo, purtroppo manca qualcosa.
La lettura procede lenta, salto diversi paragrafi, i dialoghi annoiano.
Peccato.
Nick
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this but it's definitely not what I got.

This is not a complete story as such but a sequence of linked short stories about the same vampire. The stories aren't bad but they aren't really offering much new either, the vampire character throughout most of them is not the view we are offered and so we only see snatches of his character that the other characters observe. It's nice in the final story to see things from the vampires perspective and see a bit more
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Will Byrnes
Oct 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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Andrew
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have to say that Ms. Charnas has taken a very clever and new look at the vampire. This isn't at all the Dracula, Anne Rice hero, or any of the brooding young guys on television or the movies. I wasn't immediately engaged in the book, but after a couple of chapters I just gave into the story being told. I accepted the perameters that she had set for her vampire and gave up all other notions. I believe this is what allowed me to become deeply engaged with the book. Her writing is exquisite and t ...more
Steph
The Vampire Tapestry is the type of vampire book I'd find prior to all the PNR/UF books out now.

The books consists of five novellas that run chronologically to form a full length novel when read together. The first three are all written from the POV of three people who cross paths with Dr. Edward Weyland and recognize him for what he is, vampire.

The final story is told from Dr. Weyland’s perspective where he realizes the consequences of living too closely with his prey and the effects it has
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Julie Paugh
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Charnas is a capable writer but this book really, really SUCKED. I read about 3/4 of it and I just couldn't bear to read anymore. I can't imagine how anyone could take a vampire and make him so completely and unbearably dull. This vampire didn't even have fangs-he had a probiscus under his tongue and used his tongue to suck blood from arms. The vampire was older and ran a sleep-study program at a university which was profoundly fitting since he put me to sleep every time I tried to read about hi ...more
Raimondo
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, anthology, 2019
I've read a lot of vampire fiction, and out of the pack, this strange and vicious book holds a distinguished place. It is certainly very compelling - the prose flowed easily, the dialog has an intelligence to it that's neither forced nor facile, and the author can paint scenes vividly.

I do have a problem with the Dr. Weyland character. I know that with each generational hibernation he forgets all the previous lives he's led, and maybe that's an evolutionary advantage, since as he surmised such m
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Joshua
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling take on the vampire novel which rose fairly prominently to some acclaim when it was released back in 1980 and then promptly faded to obscurity.

Allow me to say that I am deeply thankful for Jerad Walters and his Centipede Press, as I never even would have stumbled across this masterpiece without him. And it truly was that, as far as I am concerned. At least within the genre.

Based on the reviews here at Goodreads, this book has not withstood the test of time for many readers. Perhap
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🌹Rose☮️
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire
Interesting take on vampire lore. This was actually 5 novellas strung together by one vampire being the main character. Each novella is told from a different perspective. My favorite was the 3rd story in which our vampire sees a psychiatrist about his "illusion" of being a vampire. The story really gets interesting once she figures out his illusion is no illusion at all.

I enjoyed the idea of vampire not being a supernatural being, nor a being with super hero abilities, but a creature who just s
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Γιώργος Δάμτσιος

*Βιβλίο ν. 50 για φέτος!*

Το ‘υφαντό του βαμπίρ’ ήταν η πρώτη μου επαφή με την Charnas και μπορώ να πω ότι δε μ’ άφησε καθόλου δυσαρεστημένο. Το αντίθετο. Το βρήκα καλογραμμένο και με πολύ αληθινούς χαρακτήρες. Το βασικό του ατού ωστόσο είναι η ίδια του η ιστορία. Στα δικά μου μάτια ήταν ένα πολύ καλό ‘κοινωνικό βαμπίρ story’, όσο ασύμβατο κι αν ακούγεται κάτι τέτοιο σαν έννοια, (αφού είμαστε συνηθισμένοι οι ιστορίες αυτού του είδους να ακολουθούν διαφορετικά μοτίβα).

Στη συγκεκριμένη ο πρωτα
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Nichole
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is on my favorite’s shelf because it is so different from other vampire books.
The main vampire character is an animal not a specter or demon. He’s more or less an unsympathetic predator. I applaud the author to not use fangs on her monster, if anything it’s just nice for a change. Also when you think about it, it’s a better design if you want to remain an anonymous feeding machine.
I definitely appreciated the authors use of intelligent design with her creature.
So if you’re into vamp
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Marie
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this - the novel is broken into five stand-alone sort of novellas, and the first was somewhat the weakest for me, though I liked how it set up the unconventional, unlikeable vampire-hunter.

All five sections deal with a single character - a vampire anthropology professor. He is as far a he knows, the only vampire, ever. The strongest section is “The Unicorn Tapestry” which the book jacket informs me won a nebula on its own as a novella. It is from the point of view
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Peggy
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
No capes. No bats. No fangs. Charnas takes an almost anthropological look at what a predator whose main prey is man might realy be like, and the picture is amazing and haunting and sad.
Wendy Bousfield
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
Charnas has written a psychological “What if?” story. She asks: How would a being who lives for centuries and subsists on human blood construct a plausible persona in the 20th century? Charnas also explores the corresponding question: How would the people with whom this alien being comes in contact respond to him psychologically?

During the latter half of the 20th century, the vampire takes the identity of Dr. Weyland, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Cayslin University. Because his
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more
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